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In the News:

1) CA: Eleven killed, thousands flee as wildfires ravage state
2) Trump claims credit for Pence’s moronic $250k+ publicity stunt
3) Russia: Foreign Ministry threatens retaliatory restrictions on US media outlets
4) EPA to repeal “Clean Power Plan”
5) CA: New law allows jail time for using “wrong” gender pronoun
6) SpaceX launches 10 new Iridium satellites, sticks rocket landing
7) Study: Russian propaganda engaged US veterans and troops via social media
8) FL: Department of health threatens woman with fines, jail for giving diet tips
9) France snubs Catalonia independence bid
10) FL: Health insurers request premium hikes as high as 71%
11) Puerto Rico: “Hell to pay” over water, food deliveries, governor warns
12) Dove apologises for “racist” Facebook advertising campaign
13) MT: Mayoral candidate needs only one vote (his) to win
14) Want to learn cannabis business? There’s a degree program for that
15) Newly disclosed email sheds light on Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer
16) Researchers find universe’s “missing matter”
17) Britain, EU clash over who takes next Brexit step
18) Google joins Russiagate witch hunt with ad buy claims
19) Pakistan: Former prime minister fails to appear in court, son-in-law arrested
20) Philippines: Duterte orders creation of special bank for overseas Filipinos
21) UT: Body cam footage shows cop shooting man in the back
22) Feinstein admits no law could have prevented Vegas shooting (while using Vegas shooting to promote new law proposal)
23) Richard Thaler wins Nobel for work in behavioral economics
24) South Korea: Regime threatens to drop “blackout bombs” on North
25) Turkey: Markets tumble as Erdogan’s spat with US escalates

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) How the sharing economy brings dead capital to life
27) John Stuart Mill would likely disagree with me
28) Guns save lives. Period.
29) Motivation and justification in the Las Vegas massacre
30) School choice for me, but not for thee, part 2
31) San Juan residents pitch in with cleanup, lifting their own spirits
32) Will tax reform increase or limit liberty?
33) Trump space plans could restore US optimism
34) Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people
35) Dragged around by your feelings
36) It’s the culture, stupid
37) The federal government never lets a serious crisis go to waste
38) No one can save the Tories
39) Electric car putsch?
40) Lightning Network centralization leads to economic censorship
41) What will it take for black lives to matter?
42) America’s many divides over free speech
43) An alternate view of democracy
44) Physical goods, immaterial goods, and public goods
45) Mike Pence’s NFL walkout: A cheap, transparent stunt, and taxpayers picked up the tab
46) Dysfunctional democracy
47) The connection between Columbus Day and the School of Salamanca
48) Interfering with a sweet racket?
49) Hollywood: America’s conscience … or something
50) Trump: Rhetoric vs. reality
51) Libertarians shouldn’t accept the case for colonialism
52) Antifa in theory and practice
53) A blow for climate sanity: Trump gets rid of Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”
54) Quantum Vibe, 10/09/17
55) After nine months, only stale crumbs in Russia inquiry
56) If payday loans were ripping people off then there’d be a better profit margin than this
57) Entrepreneurs are the key to economic development
58) Guns and the working class
59) Neo-liberalism: From laissez-faire to the interventionist state
60) The importance of showing up

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/09/17
62) Reason Podcast, 10/09/17
63) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 20
64) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/08/17
65) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 316
66) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/09/17
67) Free Talk Live, 10/08/17

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***** In the News *****

1) CA: Eleven killed, thousands flee as wildfires ravage state
Source: ABC News

“At least 11 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured on Monday as massive wildfires swept through parts of California, destroying 1,500 residences and buildings, authorities said. Firefighters were battling 17 fires across multiple counties around the state as of late Monday night, authorities said. Intensified by strong winds, the fires charred about 90,000 acres of land, destroyed at least 1,500 buildings and forced nearly 20,000 residents to evacuate.” (10/10/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/thousands-flee-wildfires-ravage-northern-california-10-killed/story?id=50383162

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2) Trump claims credit for Pence’s moronic $250k+ publicity stunt
Source: USA Today

“Amid criticism over Vice President Mike Pence’s truncated visit to an NFL game Sunday, President Donald Trump said the trip was ‘long planned’ in a tweet Monday. Pence left the San Francisco 49ers-Colts game in Indianapolis after several 49ers knelt during the national anthem, a move many saw as a political gambit. … Pence’s trip on Air Force 2 — which doesn’t take into account logistics on the ground like Secret Service — cost about $242,500, according to an estimate from CNN published on Monday. Pence flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis before he headed to a fundraiser in Southern California. … Trump followed with a tweet that said he asked ‘Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled.'” (10/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2017/10/09/trump-vice-president-mike-pence-trip-indianapolis-planned/745418001/

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3) Russia: Foreign Ministry threatens retaliatory restrictions on US media outlets
Source: Antiwar.com

“Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is warning that Russia is considering applying restrictions to certain US media outlets in retaliation for recent US measures taken against Russia’s RT news channel. Last month, the US Justice Department ordered RT to register as a ‘foreign agent,’ which requires them to make a massive number of disclosures. The Foreign Agent Registration Act was meant to target foreign lobbyists and politicians, and had virtually never been used against journalists before.” (10/09/17)

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/10/08/russia-threatens-retaliatory-restrictions-on-us-media-outlets/

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4) EPA to repeal “Clean Power Plan”
Source: The Hill

“The Trump administration on Tuesday will formally propose repealing Barack Obama’s landmark climate change rule for power plants, a key part of the U.S. commitment to reduce emissions under the Paris accord. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt told a Kentucky audience on Monday that he will sign paperwork on Tuesday to repeal the rule, which he argued exceeded the previous administration’s authority and treated coal communities unfairly. ‘The Clean Power Plan, it wasn’t about regulating to make things regular,’ Pruitt said Monday at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to raucous applause. ‘It was truly about regulating to pick winners and losers.’ Pruitt gave his remarks at a Hazard, Ky., mining and construction equipment business, in the heart of Eastern Kentucky’s hard-hit coal country.” (10/09/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/354531-epa-to-begin-repealing-obamas-landmark-climate-rule-tuesday

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5) CA: New law allows jail time for using “wrong” gender pronoun
Source: Fox News

“California healthcare workers who ‘willfully and repeatedly’ decline to use a senior transgender patient’s ‘preferred name or pronouns’ could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week. The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun. ‘It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,’ he said in a statement last month. But the language seemingly allows for the possibility, however remote. The bill itself is aimed at protecting transgender and other LGBT individuals in hospitals, retirement homes and assisted living facilities. The bill would ensure those facilities accommodate transgender people and their needs, including letting them decide which gender-specific bathroom they prefer to use.” [editor’s note: If gender is a social construct as some trans activists claim, then someone else’s choice of pronoun for you is just as valid a “vote” on the content of that construct as your own choice. Apart from that claim, it’s entirely a matter of speech, with the same default value (freedom) – TLK] (10/09/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/09/new-california-law-allows-jail-time-for-using-wrong-gender-pronoun-sponsor-denies-that-would-happen.html

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6) SpaceX launches 10 new Iridium satellites, sticks rocket landing
Source: Space.com

“The private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully launched 10 communications satellites into low-Earth orbit today (Oct. 9) and landed the spent Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. … Today was the first flight of this particular Falcon 9 first-stage booster, a company representative told Space.com. SpaceX has successfully flown Falcon 9 boosters that were previously used, and plans to use a pre-flown booster to launch another communications satellite into orbit on Wednesday (Oct. 11), from NASA’s Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.” (10/09/17)

https://www.space.com/38396-spacex-launches-iridium3-satellites-sticks-rocket-landing.html

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7) Study: Russian propaganda engaged US veterans and troops via social media
Source: Raw Story

“Russia has exploited social media networks to target current and former U.S. military personnel with propaganda, conspiracy theories and other misinformation, achieving ‘significant and persistent interactions’ on Twitter during one month last spring, British researchers found. The Oxford University study, which traced the reach of three websites known to have shown ads and posts linked to the Russian government, adds a new dimension to revelations of a Kremlin cyber campaign aimed at undermining Americans’ trust in democracy during last year’s U.S. elections and helping Donald Trump win the presidency. ‘We’ve found an entire ecosystem of junk news about national security issues that is deliberately crafted for U.S. veterans and active military personnel,’ said Philip Howard, a professor of internet studies who led the research. ‘It’s a complex blend of content with a Russian view of the world: wild rumors and conspiracies.'” (10/09/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/russian-propaganda-engaged-us-veterans-and-troops-via-social-media-study-finds

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8) FL: Department of health threatens woman with fines, jail for giving diet tips
Source: Reason

“The State of Florida is threatening a woman with jail unless she stops telling people what to eat. To clarify: Heather Kokesch Del Castillo of Fort Walton Beach is not wandering around the supermarket in giving unsolicited advice. People have been asking her — and paying her — for dietary and nutritional advice. Though all she is doing is talking to people as a health coach, the state has declared her an unlicensed dietitian and fined her more than $750. She faces misdemeanor charges if she doesn’t shut her mouth, with further fines of up to $1,000 for each incident and possibly even a year in prison. … a licensed dietician looking to eliminate some competition snitched to the state. An investigator with Florida’s Department of Health then posed as a potential customer and asked Kokesch Del Castillo for information about a potential weight-loss program. According the the lawsuit, she responded with information about her coaching services but at no point claimed to be a licensed dietitian.” (10/09/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/09/florida-threatens-woman-with-fines-jail

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9) France snubs Catalonia independence bid
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The French government has said it will not recognise Catalonia if it declares independence from Spain and such a move will mean expulsion from the EU. European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said the crisis following the banned 1 October referendum had to be resolved through dialogue within Spain. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional parliament on Tuesday. There has been no sign of a compromise being struck with Madrid. Economic pressure on the pro-independence camp is rising with three more companies expected to discuss moving their offices out of Catalonia on Monday, sources told Reuters news agency.” (10/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41551337

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10) FL: Health insurers request premium hikes as high as 71%
Source: Fox News

“Obamacare plan premiums may increase an average of 45 percent in Florida next year due to health care insurers rate hike requests, according to Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation. There are six insurers in Florida selling plans on and off the exchanges in 2018 including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Celtic Insurance Company, Florida Health Care Plan, Health First Commercial Plans, Health Options, and Molina Healthcare of Florida. Molina Healthcare requested the highest rate increase of 71.2 percent. Individuals with this coverage can expect their monthly premium to increase from $402 to $688. Blue Cross and Blue Shield requested a 38.1 percent increase, Celtic Insurance Company requested a 46.1 percent increase, Florida Health Care Plan requested a 26.5 percent increase, Health First Commercial Plans requested a 39.3 percent increase, and Health Options requested a 36 percent increase. On average, consumers in Florida can expect their monthly premium to increase from $463 to $671.” (10/09/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/09/health-insurers-in-florida-request-premium-hikes-as-high-as-71.html

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11) Puerto Rico: “Hell to pay” over water, food deliveries, governor warns
Source: Raw Story

“Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday ordered an investigation into water distribution on the hurricane-battered island and warned there would be ‘hell to pay’ for mishandling of supplies. Rossello said drinking water supplies have been restored to nearly 60 percent of the island but some areas in the north remained at around 20 percent nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory. The government was delivering food and water supplies to municipalities but people in some areas said they were not receiving them from local authorities. Rossello told a news briefing in San Juan he ordered an investigation of water distribution after receiving complaints. ‘If we are indeed getting … several hundred thousand liters of water and several hundred thousand portions of food to the municipalities, yet some people in those municipalities are claiming that they’re not seeing anything be delivered or they don’t know where to find food, then it’s important that we investigate why this is happening,’ he said.” (10/09/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/hell-to-pay-over-water-food-deliveries-puerto-rico-governor-warns

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12) Dove apologises for “racist” Facebook advertising campaign
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Dove has apologised after releasing a series of ‘racist’ images that appeared to show a black woman turning white after using their soap. The Facebook advertising campaign used a series of three images, showing a black woman peeling off her T-shirt to reveal a white woman underneath her skin. A third image shows the white woman undressing to reveal an Asian woman. ‘We deeply regret the offense it caused,’ the brand tweeted. The Facebook video has now been removed, but Nay the mua, an American makeup artist, saw the photos come up on her feed and shared them with her followers.” [editor’s note: What a stupid issue! The apparent intent was to show unity of humanity, not to claim “conversion” powers of the soap – SAT] (10/09/17)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/41542818/dove-apologises-for-racist-facebook-advertising-campaign

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13) MT: Mayoral candidate needs only one vote (his) to win
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s one person running for mayor of Manhattan, Montana, and he only needs to vote for himself to win. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Glen Clements was the only person to apply to be a write-in candidate for the position on the November ballot. Under Montana law, any other write-in votes won’t be counted because he’s the only registered write-in candidate. If he had applied to be a formal candidate, all write-in votes would be counted. The Navy veteran and geological engineer has lived in the town of about 1,500 people for six years. Clements said his neighbors (the city’s secretary and a police officer) told him no one was running and encouraged him to. He says he’s excited to fill the position that no one else wanted.” (10/09/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Montana-mayoral-candidate-needs-only-1-vote-12261056.php

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14) Want to learn cannabis business? There’s a degree program for that
Source: USA Today

“Alex Roth has gotten into the habit of pulling out his cellphone and showing skeptical friends a screen shot of the classes he’ll have to take to get his bachelor of science degree from Northern Michigan University. ‘When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, “Wow, cool dude. You’re going to get a degree growing marijuana,”‘ said the 19-year-old sophomore at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. ‘But it’s not an easy degree at all.’ His four-year medicinal plant chemistry degree (geared toward the burgeoning marijuana business that is about to explode in Michigan next year) includes classes such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, soils, biology, gas and liquid chromatography, biostatistics, genetics, accounting, financial management and perspectives on society. Other colleges and universities (Harvard, University of Denver, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, etc.) offer a variety of classes on marijuana policy and law.” (10/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/09/marijuana-degree-northern-michigan-university/745964001

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15) Newly disclosed email sheds light on Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer
Source: Washington Post

“A newly disclosed email sent on the morning of a Trump Tower meeting held during last year’s presidential campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer raises new questions about how the key session came together. The note was written by the Russian lawyer and sent to a music promoter who had helped arrange the session. It could offer evidence backing up the Russian lawyer’s claims that she was meeting with Trump Jr. solely to discuss a 2012 law despised by the Kremlin that imposed financial sanctions on wealthy Russians as punishment for human rights abuses. … her version conflicts with explosive correspondence released previously that shows the music promoter told Trump Jr. before the meeting that Veselnitskaya would bring damaging information about Hillary Clinton on behalf of the Russian government to help the Trump campaign.” (10/09/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/newly-disclosed-email-sheds-light-on-trump-jr-meeting-with-russian-lawyer/2017/10/09/2d0fecb0-a9e3-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

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16) Researchers find universe’s “missing matter”
Source: Popular Mechanics

“The universe huge and stretches mind-blowingly far , so one of the best ways we have to find out more about it is to recreate the universe inside a computer and study that simulation. Studying simulations is how we’ve learned the structure of dark matter, for instance. But those simulations also predict that all the galaxies in the universe should be connected with long filaments of regular matter that, until recently, we’d never observed. Now, two teams of scientists finally succeeded in spotting those filaments, proving that our universe simulations are correct.” (10/09/17)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/deep-space/news/a28562/researchers-find-universes-missing-matter/

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17) Britain, EU clash over who takes next Brexit step
Source: Jamaica Observer

“The EU and Britain clashed Monday after British Prime Minister Theresa May said the ball was in the EU’s court as Brexit negotiations entered a critical fifth round. Officials from both sides are meeting in Brussels, but chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and British counterpart David Davis are not attending the start, underscoring low expectations for the talks. This round of divorce discussions is the last before European leaders meet at a summit on October 19 to decide whether there is ‘sufficient progress’ to move on to the trade talks that Britain desperately wants. The European Commission roundly rejected May’s assertion that it was up to Brussels to take the initiative to advance the stalled talks, amid fears that her domestic political woes were threatening the negotiations.” (10/09/17)

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Britain,_EU_clash_over_who_takes_next_Brexit_step?profile=1228

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18) Google joins Russiagate witch hunt with ad buy claims
Source: CBS News

“Google has discovered that Russian agents spent some tens of thousands of dollars on Google products including Google search, Gmail, YouTube and DoubleClick ads in order to spread false information during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Washington Post reported Monday. The ads appear not to be from the same Russian trolls from the Internet Research Agency that advertised on Facebook. Google has launched an investigation into the ad-buying, which amounted to less than $100,000. It’s not yet known whether all the ads were bought by trolls or ‘legitimate Russian accounts,’ according to the Post.” [editor’s note: For perspective, Google’s ad revenues for 2016 came to nearly $80 billion. $100k represents 1.25 one-hundred-thousandths of one percent of revenue for the year, or less than 1/20th of one percent of average daily revenue – TLK] (10/09/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-finds-russian-agents-spent-on-ads-to-meddle-in-2016-election-report/

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19) Pakistan: Former prime minister fails to appear in court, son-in-law arrested
Source: Washington Post

“Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif failed to appear on Monday before an anti-graft tribunal where he was to be indicted on corruption charges along with several family members and co-defendants in the case. Meanwhile, authorities arrested Sharif’s son-in-law, also a co-defendant in the case. The son-in-law, Mohammad Safdar was taken into custody at the Islamabad airport after he and his wife, Maryam Nawaz, arrived from London, said Cabinet minister Talal Chaudhry. … Sharif is currently in London with his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is said to be recovering from throat cancer surgery. The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from office in July, forcing him to step down over corruption allegations and undisclosed assets. Sharif has denied any wrongdoing.” (10/09/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/former-pm-sharifs-son-in-law-arrested-on-return-to-pakistan/2017/10/09/e6634704-acac-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html

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20) Philippines: Duterte orders creation of special bank for overseas Filipinos
Source: Reuters

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a bank catering to Filipinos overseas, the presidential office said on Monday, fulfilling a campaign promise to a sector which catapulted him to power. The Philippines is one of the world’s largest recipients of remittances, with nearly 10 millions of Filipinos working overseas, most in the construction, nursing, marine, entertainment and domestic helper sectors, sending home money that helps power domestic consumption, a key driver of strong economic growth. … Filipinos who live and work abroad typically rely on private money transfer agencies, despite high transaction charges. The creation of a specialized bank is among the campaign promises of Duterte, who won the presidency by a large margin last year.” (10/09/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-banks/philippines-duterte-orders-special-bank-for-overseas-filipinos-idUSKBN1CE18O

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21) UT: Body cam footage shows cop shooting man in the back
Source: United Press International

“Salt Lake City authorities released body camera footage last week of a police officer fatally shooting a man as he ran away and ruled the shooting to be justified. The incident occurred August 13 when Salt Lake police officers stopped Patrick Harmon, 50, for allegedly riding his bicycle in an erratic manner and not having a red safety light. Harmon had an open warrant for an aggravated assault charge and was placed under arrest. But before officers could place him in handcuffs, Harmon ran.” (10/09/17)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/10/09/Body-camera-footage-shows-Utah-police-officer-shoot-man-running-away/8591507520293/

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22) Feinstein admits no law could have prevented Vegas shooting (while using Vegas shooting to promote new law proposal)
Source: Midland Daily News

“No law could have thwarted last week’s massacre in Las Vegas, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a longtime advocate of stricter gun laws and author of the 1993 assault weapons ban, said the shooter, Stephen Paddock, legally acquired the arsenal he used to carry out the attack. Asked by CBS'[s] ‘Face the Nation’ host John Dickerson whether any law could have stopped him, Feinstein said, ‘No. He passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions.’ But Feinstein is pressing for a ban on ‘bump stocks,’ devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire nearly as rapidly as a fully automatic weapon.” (10/08/17)

http://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/No-law-prevented-Vegas-shooting-dianne-feinstein-12261999.php

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23) Richard Thaler wins Nobel for work in behavioral economics
Source: US News & World Report

“The Nobel prize in economics has been awarded to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for research showing how people’s choices on economic matters — whether on savings or game shows like ‘Deal or No Deal’ — are not always rational. The 9-million-kronor ($1.1-million) prize was awarded to the academic for his ‘understanding the psychology of economics,’ Swedish Academy of Sciences secretary Goran Hansson said Monday. Thaler is considered one of the founding fathers of behavioral economics, a field that shows that far from being the rational decision-makers described in economic theory, people often make decisions that don’t serve their best interests.” (10/09/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-10-09/economics-prize-last-of-the-nobels-to-be-awarded

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24) South Korea: Regime threatens to drop “blackout bombs” on North
Source: news.com.au [Australia]

“South Korea is ready to deploy graphite bombs that can paralyse North Korea’s power grid in the event of a nuclear war. Military sources told the Yonhap news agency that the ‘blackout bomb’ works by spreading chemically treated carbon graphite filaments over electric facilities to short-circuit and disrupt the electricity grid. The weapons have been developed by South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development, as one element of the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike program. … The bomb is often referred to as a ‘soft bomb’ since it only affects targeted electrical power systems. It was first used by America against Iraq in the 1990–1991 Gulf War and again by NATO against Serbia in 1999.” (10/09/17)

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/south-korea-threatens-to-drop-blackout-bombs-on-north-korea/news-story/d4e2ce3f2583a115d5621506342ce78a

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25) Turkey: Markets tumble as Erdogan’s spat with US escalates
Source: Bloomberg

“Markets in Istanbul tumbled after the U.S. and Turkey stopped issuing visas for each other’s citizens in a spat related to last year’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, deepening divisions between two NATO members already at odds over the war in Syria. The Trump administration halted visa services for Turks on Sunday, citing the Oct. 4 arrest of a Turkish citizen employed at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul for alleged involvement in the failed July 2016 putsch. Erdogan’s government responded in kind within hours, repeating verbatim much of the U.S. statement.” (10/09/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-08/u-s-suspends-non-immigrant-visa-services-in-turkey-after-arrest

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

26) How the sharing economy brings dead capital to life
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John O McGinnis

“When a homeowner has an extra bedroom in his house while his children are attending college or when he is going on vacation for a few weeks, that space can be legally rented, but the practical obstacles to do so for a reasonable price were often prohibitively large. Airbnb’s service makes all the difference by giving the homeowner access to a global pool of potential renters and by creating an off the shelf contract to facilitate making the rental transaction as easy as possible. Just as in the developing world, the benefits of enlivening and monetizing the capital in the otherwise dormant capital in people’s homes redounds more to the middle class than the rich, because real property is a greater proportion of their net worth than that of the wealthy. Indeed, for most people who are not wealthy, their home is their largest asset. In contrast, for higher-income households, their homes are a much smaller proportion of their total net worth. The sharing economy enlivens other capital as well.” (10/09/17)

https://fee.org/articles/how-the-sharing-economy-brings-dead-capital-to-life/

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27) John Stuart Mill would likely disagree with me
Source: EconLog
by Don Boudreaux

“Most advocates of ‘nudging’ — including the 2017 Nobel economics laureate, Richard Thaler — wish to empower the state to nudge. Whatever you think of the propriety, wisdom, or justice of adults being ‘nudged’ away from choosing options that they would otherwise choose, any nudging done by the state is not nudging done by society. Instead, nudging done by the state is in reality nudging done by particular flesh-and-blood individuals. Describing such nudging as being done by ‘society’ masks the danger that lurks in giving some individuals the power to superintend the lives of other individuals. What good reason have you to suppose that those individuals who are empowered to nudge others are themselves immune from the psychological quirks that allegedly justify their power to nudge others?” (10/09/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/john-stuart-mill-likely-disagree.html

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28) Guns save lives. Period.
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Parrish Miller

“Those who seek an excuse to disarm peaceful people will often point to the comparatively small number of justifiable homicides as evidence that the defensive use of firearms is a rarity, but this tactic intentionally ignores the bigger picture. Guns save lives every single day and this benefit rarely requires firing them. Even the gun owner himself may not know how many times his life and the lives of others in his vicinity have been saved simply because he was armed.” (10/09/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/guns-save-lives-period

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29) Motivation and justification in the Las Vegas massacre
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ever since the Las Vegas massacre, investigators have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what Stephen Paddock’s motive was in killing all those people. So far, they still haven’t come up with an answer, but they are still trying. What I find fascinating about this process is that no one in the mainstream press or, for that matter, anyone else, has accused the investigators of being justifiers. That is, no one is accusing the investigators of trying to justify Paddock’s murder of all those people. That’s not the way it was with those of us who were talking about motive after the 9/11 attacks.” (10/09/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/09/motivation-justification-las-vegas-massacre/

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30) School choice for me, but not for thee, part 2
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“When a student moves to another public school district, the home district receives less money. When a student leaves to attend a charter school, the home district loses money. When a student uses a voucher to attend a private school, the home district loses money. But it is also true that when a student leaves a district, that district has one fewer student to educate. What’s more, because most school choice programs actually allow fewer dollars to follow the student than would otherwise be spent on him or her, most school choice programs leave money behind in the district. As a result, per-pupil spending in the district goes up. School choice doesn’t hurt school districts any more than families moving does, and we wouldn’t dream of banning people from moving. Why should we prevent them from finding a better schooling option for their child?” (10/09/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/school-choice-me-not-thee-part-2

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31) San Juan residents pitch in with cleanup, lifting their own spirits
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Howard LaFranchi

“When Paula Paulino saw the destruction that hurricane Maria left in its wake at the once-lush Rio Piedras main campus of the University of Puerto Rico, she felt empty and lost. But then the art history major picked up a rake. She joined an army of students, parents, alumni, and faculty helping to clear fallen trees and gather the debris of the 100-year storm that walloped the university as it did the entire island. And suddenly she found herself feeling hopeful, that maybe everything wasn’t lost after all. ‘This college is really the only place I can call home, so it’s important to me that it is repaired and starts working again,’ says Ms. Paulino, sporting a t-shirt reading ‘mi casa, mi iupi’ (roughly ‘my house, my university.’) ‘I think if so many students and others came out to help,’ she adds, ‘it’s because we want to feel like we’re part of putting back together something we love.'” (10/06/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2017/1006/San-Juan-residents-pitch-in-with-cleanup-lifting-their-own-spirits

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32) Will tax reform increase or limit liberty?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Pairing tax cuts with increases in federal spending and debt — and the drafters of the framework admit their plan will increase the debt by at least $2.2 trillion — means that the economic benefit from the tax cuts will be outweighed by the economic harm caused by the increase in debt. Increasing the debt also means the Federal Reserve will further devalue the dollar in order to monetize that debt. While the Republican tax and budget plans predict uninterrupted economic growth, the US economy is far more likely to undergo a major economic crisis caused by a rejection of the dollar’s world reserve currency status. While all supporters of individual liberty and sound economics should support tax cuts, the Republicans’ failure to cut spending means that their tax plan will do little to increase liberty or prosperity.” (10/09/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/will-tax-reform-increase-limit-liberty

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33) Trump space plans could restore US optimism
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“This Columbus Day, I can report some important progress. Back during the campaign, in a proposal that received comparatively little notice, candidate Donald Trump’s team and running mate Mike Pence floated the idea of restoring the National Space Council, a body that hadn’t existed since former president Bill Clinton abolished it back in 1993. Trump kept that promise as president, and now it’s up and running. Chaired by Vice President Pence, with a White House office and a small staff, the council is intended to bring order and priorities to America’s space program.” (10/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/09/trump-space-plans-restore-u-s-optimism-worked-for-columbus-europe-glenn-reynolds-column/745776001

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34) Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Real Sustainability involves thoughtful, caring, responsible, economical stewardship and conservation of land, water, energy, metallic, forest, wildlife and other natural resources. Responsible businesses, families and communities practice this kind of sustainability every day: polluting less, recycling where it makes sense, and using less energy, water and raw materials to manufacture the products we need. Public Relations Sustainability mostly involves meaningless, superficial, unverifiable, image-enhancing assertions that a company is devoted to renewable fuels, corporate responsibility, environmental justice, reducing its carbon footprint — or sustainability. Its primary goal is garnering favorable press or appeasing radical environmental groups. Politicized Sustainability is the untenable, even dangerous variety. It relies on ideological assertions and theoretical models as an alternative to actual outside-our-windows reality and evidence.” (10/09/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/politicized-sustainability-threatens-planet-and-people/

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35) Dragged around by your feelings
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“If you have thought things through, and done it right, your opinions won’t change due to events. Yes, new information that shows you were wrong on some point can (and should) change your opinion, but new events that don’t have any actual new information shouldn’t change your view of reality. It doesn’t matter if it was a ‘historic’ mass shooting, a friend being killed in a local mass shooting, or your daughter dying in a car wreck caused by a guy on drugs. If those things do suddenly make you change your opinion, my thought is that you weren’t thinking before, but only feeling. I know, that’s probably harsh. But, I’m tired of people suddenly becoming (or coming out as) anti-gun bigots because an event makes them sad or scared. The reality of the facts didn’t change, only your perception did.” (10/09/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/10/dragged-around-by-your-feelings.html

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36) It’s the culture, stupid
Source: The New Republic
by Lee Drutman

“For a long time in American politics, you could pretty well guess how someone would vote by their income. Poor people generally supported Democrats; rich people voted Republican. This was true even among whites: In every presidential election since at least 1948, wealthy whites have been notably more Republican than the rest of the white electorate. And throughout the twentieth century, poor whites identified much more strongly with the Democrats than other whites. For decades, a good rule of thumb was: The greener your bank account, the redder your vote. Then came Donald Trump, and the equation shifted. In last year’s election, according to an analysis by political scientist Tom Wood, 61 percent of the poorest whites (those in the bottom third of income distribution) voted for Trump. By contrast, in the top 4 percent of income distribution, just 42 percent of whites supported Trump.” (10/09/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144964/culture-stupid-identity-politics-problem-democrats-solution

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37) The federal government never lets a serious crisis go to waste
Source: Reason
by A Barton Hinkle

“In Crisis and Leviathan, his masterpiece on the metastasis of the modern state, scholar Robert Higgs shows how the federal government historically has followed the Rahm Emanuel rule: Never let a serious crisis go to waste. The expansion of federal power has not been steady and inexorable; it has grown through sudden, quantum leaps in times of emergency, most especially war. The crises eventually subside, but many of the powers remain — to be built upon later when the next crisis unfolds. Lately this phenomenon has proven itself fractal: The pattern repeats itself on small scales as well as large ones. We can see that here in Virginia, where a commission appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has been drafting new rules for demonstrations around the Lee monument in Richmond.” (10/09/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/09/one-thing-the-federal-government-doesnt

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38) No one can save the Tories
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Everywhere you look you see a party bereft of vision. In her conference speech, May joined the chorus of Tories saying the party needed to remake the case for the free market, in response to the Corbyn surge. In the next breath, she announced plans for energy price caps. For all the talk of neoliberalism reigning since Thatcher, few in the supposed party of capitalism, let alone the country at large, truly believe in it. Then there’s the Tory Brexit paradox. Yes, it is today the more consistently Eurosceptic party. But the Brexit revolt expressed a democratic, populist fervour that was far more profound than most Tory MPs’ narrow economic gripes with Brussels. … The last few weeks of broadsheet tittle-tattle and political melodrama has only confirmed that the Tory Party has no idea what it stands for or who it represents.” (10/09/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/no-one-can-save-the-tories/

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39) Electric car putsch?
Source: The American Spectator
by Eric Peterst

“It’s not just the government that’s pushing electric cars. The media is equally complicit. Both are engaged in what has to be described as nothing less than a concerted propaganda onslaught to convince the public that the naked emperor is indeed wearing a suit of the finest materials available. But the question — why? — remains mysterious. What is so important — to them — about electric cars? Why the urgency to create the impression of inevitability? The media, in particular, seems to be obsessed with this — even to the point of exaggerating the confected enthusiasm for electric cars displayed by major car manufacturers, who must at least pretend that electric cars are The Future — in order to not offend politically correct orthodoxy.” (10/09/17)

https://spectator.org/electric-car-putsch/

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40) Lightning Network centralization leads to economic censorship
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jonald Fyookball

“To play devil’s advocate with myself for a moment, the argument goes like this: ‘Large, expensive Bitcoin nodes are just as bad as large LN payment hubs. A large miner could decide to not include your transaction in block just as a payment channel could decide not to route your payment.’ To that, I would say … A large miner (or even a majority cartel of miners) cannot effectively censor your transactions, because ANY miner can include your transaction in a block. But the same is not true for LN hubs. They can effectively censor your transactions, because NOT any hub can route your payment. (If you have a set of coins in one specific channel, it has to be routed using that channel).” (10/09/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/lightning-network-centralization-leads-economic-censorship/

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41) What will it take for black lives to matter?
Source: The American Prospect
by Todd Gitlin

“For more than four centuries, African Americans have been subjected to ‘a long train of abuses and usurpations,’ in the words of an incendiary 18th-century document more often cited than read, the Declaration of Independence. From this long train have followed myriad efforts not only to cry Stop! but to slow and derail it. At various junctures in American history, the cries vary, but the spirit of the protest is constant: Equal rights. But the train rolls on. After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of young Trayvon Martin in Florida, the hashtag erupted in 2013: #BlackLivesMatter. After the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ mushroomed — a name for the rolling current of feeling that can be called a movement, focused on a specific ‘abuse and usurpation’: the killing of unarmed black men by police.” (10/09/17)

http://prospect.org/article/what-will-it-take-black-lives-matter

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42) America’s many divides over free speech
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Would you say that people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those that are deeply offensive to other people; or that government should prevent people from engaging in hate speech against certain groups in public? That choice kicked off a lengthy survey on free speech and tolerance that will be released later this month by The Cato Institute, which collaborated with YouGov, the market research firm, to collect responses. The final data set was drawn from answers to scores of questions provided by 2,300 people. I got an early look at the survey this month when the institute invited me to Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on the results. ” (10/09/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/a-sneak-peek-at-new-survey-data-on-free-speech/542028/

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43) An alternate view of democracy
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Democracy as a political ideal has nothing to recommend it. Pure democracy is simply majority rule. It is devoid of any moral principle. If the majority wants it, anything goes. Perhaps the most devastating indictment of democracy is that offered by the Japanese anime series, Kino’s Journey. Originally published as a series of ‘light novels,’ that is novels aimed at high school and middle school students, it was later turned into a animated video series. Kino’s Journey is sort of a latter day Gulliver’s Travels. Kino, a self-sufficient young woman armed to the teeth with guns and knives, travels around with her talking motorcycle Hermes visiting many strange and unusual places, each with a unique and often bizarre culture. Some are technologically advanced and some are backwards. Like Gulliver’s Travels, these encounters teach us something about the human condition and human foibles.” (10/09/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/10/an-alternate-view-of-democracy.html

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44) Physical goods, immaterial goods, and public goods
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Ash Navabi

“Economists define a public good is defined as something that is “non-rival” (meaning that one person’s consumption does not affect another person’s), and “non-excludable” (meaning that one person cannot stop another person from consuming the good.) Public goods are often contrasted with private goods, which are rival and excludable. The implications are that public goods cannot be provided by a free market, because no one would have to pay for such a good, and so there would be so incentive to produce it. Therefore, the argument goes, the government ought to provide public goods. … what about examples of public goods? Many examples have been offered, most commonly roads, utilities like electricity, and national defense. But all of them are highly controversial.” (10/09/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/10/09/physical-goods-immaterial-goods-public-goods/

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45) Mike Pence’s NFL walkout: A cheap, transparent stunt, and taxpayers picked up the tab
Source: The Nation
by Dave Zirin

“Vice President John Nance Garner once said that being the vice president was ‘not worth a bucket of warm piss.’ (Many know this quote as ‘bucket of warm spit;’ it’s actually ‘piss’.) The current holder of that office, Mike Pence, showed on Sunday that Garner, if alive, would owe an apology to piss buckets everywhere. Pence used the NFL to star in a cheap, transparent political stunt. The narrative Pence tried (and failed) to sell was that he showed up at the Colts-49ers game in Indianapolis and then supposedly left in a huff after being shocked — SHOCKED! — at seeing the San Francisco 49ers kneel.” (10/09/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/mike-pences-nfl-walkout-was-a-cheap-transparent-stunt

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46) Dysfunctional democracy
Source: Mises UK
by Neil Lock

“It seems to me to be a major failing of democracy that it puts people into these all-or-nothing, polarizing situations. And the results can often be decided by a very slim margin. Last year’s Brexit vote in the UK, and Donald Trump’s election as US president, are examples. In both cases, the losers were (and still are) fuming and scheming. Yet, at least, people did get some kind of say in those decisions. Whereas the Catalan separatists are being denied a voice entirely. … Actually, democracy is often even worse than that. Political parties set out their stalls and their agendas, to tempt those they think are likely to vote for them. And when they get power, they seek to implement these agendas good and hard. Usually, they also do lots of other bad things they didn’t tell us about. Democracy has, in effect, transmuted the out of date doctrine of the ‘divine right of kings to rule’ into a right of politicians and political parties to force their agendas on to people who don’t want them.” (10/09/17)

https://misesuk.org/2017/10/09/dysfunctional-democracy/

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47) The connection between Columbus Day and the School of Salamanca
Source: Acton Institute

“Christianity is responsible, not for the enslavement, but for the desire to treat natives with the respect and inherent dignity all human beings deserve. (Due in part to this understanding, the Spanish encouraged intermarriage with natives, unlike, for instance, in North America.) Queen Isabella was so incensed upon learning that Columbus brought slaves back to Spain that on June 20, 1500, she ordered their liberation. … One of the most unappreciated blessings of Columbus'[s] journey was exposing the Americas to the School of Salamanca. These Catholic scholars championed human rights, as well as economic liberty.” (10/09/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/10/09/connection-between-columbus-day-and-school-salamanca

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48) Interfering with a sweet racket?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“One way for governments and enterprises to save money is to contract out some or all of their services. Towns, cities, counties, states — even the federal government — engage in such practices all the time. It is really just outsourcing, as business lingo dubs it. But, like any system for shifting responsibility away from direct management, it can be corrupted. As Seattle citizens now learn, courtesy of Seattle Times reporters Mike Carter and Steve Miletich. It appears that Seattle City Light, the public utility providing electricity to the city, has been contracting exclusively with Seattle’s Finest Security & Traffic Control. For a half a decade. Despite there being direct competition from another firm.” (10/09/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/09/interfering-with-a-sweet-racket/

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49) Hollywood: America’s conscience … or something
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“I am one conservative who is thankful for Hollywood’s collective inability not to say stupid things because I’m a columnist and these idiots are the gift that keeps on giving. Tired of writing about failing, fussy Fredocons and goose-stepping libs with a beef against the Bill of Rights? Well, like clockwork some genius will take to Twitter leveraging his GED and his supporting role as the sassy sidekick in a CW teen vampire dramedy to offer his super-insightful political/cultural insights to us normals and … BOOM! I have the launching pad for another sensational column. And this week has been exceptional, truly exceptional, as Hollywood has attained peak fail. Much like how Washington, D.C., is Hollywood for ugly people, with notable exceptions, Hollywood is Washington, D.C., for stupid people. And wow, have these Tinseltown twerps ever been stupid.” (10/09/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/10/09/hollywood-is-americas-conscience-or-something-n2392386

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50) Trump: Rhetoric vs. reality
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“With Donald Trump in the White House, merrily tweeting whatever disruptive and disturbing sentiments erupt from his consciousness in the early morning hours, hysteria has become the default condition of our pundit class. Trump tweets that ‘only one thing’ can stop Korean despot Kim Jong-un’s nuclear pyrotechnics, and the editorialists swing into action, while the Democrats point gleefully to the prospect of World War III: ‘See? We told you he’s nuts!’ Add to this the widespread belief that Kim Jong-un is a ‘madman,’ and the hysteria of the chattering classes reaches fever pitch: we’ve got no less than two crazy people with nuclear weapons, and they’re about to blow up the world! Oh no! The problem with this scenario is that it has nothing to do with reality: it’s a rhetorical construct, based on the verbal extravagances of actors whose entire modus operandi depends on a constant stream of bluster, bluff, and unmitigated bullshit.”

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/10/08/trump-rhetoric-vs-reality/

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51) Libertarians shouldn’t accept the case for colonialism
Source: Cato Unbound
by Sahar Khan

“‘The Case for Colonialism,’ written by Professor Bruce Gilley, became the center of controversy as soon as it was published in the Third World Quarterly (TWQ), a reputable journal of international studies. Gilley notes that numerous Third World countries are poorly governed because they lack resources and knowledge. Since a majority of them were colonized, he advocates reinstating colonial governance, arguing that recolonization will allow rich western countries to be more fully engaged and committed to improving governance without the burden of anticolonial rhetoric and policies. From his perspective, anti-colonialism has done more harm than good by 1) labeling colonialism as primarily harmful, 2) converting it into an illegitimate form of rule, and 3) deeming it incompatible with today’s contemporary society. … In this essay, I explain why libertarians should be concerned by Gilley’s argument, and then go on to explain the positive — and unintended — consequences of his article for libertarian thought.” (10/09/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/10/09/sahar-khan/libertarians-shouldnt-accept-case-colonialism

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52) Antifa in theory and practice
Source: CounterPunch
by Diana Johnstone

“In recent weeks, a totally disoriented left has been widely exhorted to unify around a masked vanguard calling itself Antifa, for anti-fascist. Hooded and dressed in black, Antifa is essentially a variation of the Black Bloc, familiar for introducing violence into peaceful demonstrations in many countries. Imported from Europe, the label Antifa sounds more political. It also serves the purpose of stigmatizing those it attacks as ‘fascists.’ Despite its imported European name, Antifa is basically just another example of America’s steady descent into violence.” (10/09/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/09/antifa-in-theory-and-in-practice/

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53) A blow for climate sanity: Trump gets rid of Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The Environmental Protection Agency says it will repeal President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Just plain get rid of it. To which we say, heck, what took you so long? The Clean Power Plan (CPP) sounds wonderfully green-y, but it is in fact a massive power grab by the federal government for the spurious purpose of reducing greenhouse emissions that supposedly cause global warming. Never mind the fact that the science underlying the claims is highly questionable. What the EPA under Obama planned to do was blatantly illegal, contrary to the spirit and the letter of the Constitution. The Obama plan was ambitious and dictatorial, using a top-down command approach to reduce CO2 output from its 2005 level by 32% by 2030.”

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/a-blow-for-climate-sanity-trump-gets-rid-of-obamas-clean-power-plan

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54) Quantum Vibe, 10/09/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/09/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1703

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55) After nine months, only stale crumbs in Russia inquiry
Source: The American Conservative
by Scott Ritter

“One need only review the comments of the various Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee, their counterparts serving on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the various experts and pundits in the media, to underscore the degree to which prejudice has ‘worked its evil’ when it comes to the issue of collusion and the Trump campaign …. Senator Burr painted a dire picture. ‘It seems,’ he declared, ‘that the overall theme of the Russian involvement in the US elections was to create chaos at every level.’ No one wants to be told that they have been victims of a con; this is especially true when dealing with the sacred trust imparted to the American citizenry by the Constitution of the United States regarding the free and fair election of those who will represent us in higher office.” (10/09/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/after-nine-months-only-stale-crumbs-in-russia-inquiry/

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56) If payday loans were ripping people off then there’d be a better profit margin than this
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“For the provision of a good or a service to be ripping people off it is necessary for someone to be making more than a normal profit or income out of that provision. If everyone doing the providing is, instead, just making the normal sort of money then it tells us that this good or service, whatever its price, is just expensive to produce or provide. At which point some interesting numbers from the payday loan industry.” (10/08/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/if-payday-loans-were-ripping-people-off-then-thered-be-a-better-profit-margin-than-this

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57) Entrepreneurs are the key to economic development
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Sascha Klocke

“Questions of economic development have long been long held a prominent position in economics. How did the most advanced economies get to where they are? What can less-advanced economies do to catch up with the leading pack? After World War II, a whole sub-field of economics emerged to focus on these questions. Today, we call it development economics. Instead of simply explaining historical trends, this field’s main focus lies on discovering what would help less-developed countries achieve more economic growth and join the predominantly Western countries at the top of the economic ladder.” (10/09/17)

https://mises.org/blog/entrepreneurs-are-key-economic-development

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58) Guns and the working class
Source: OpEdNews
by John Spritzler

“The ‘guns are dangerous’ argument versus the ‘a good guy with a gun protects against a bad buy with a gun’ argument can be argued either way with statistics and anecdotes, and there are good people on both sides of the issue. But the Founding Fathers thought the importance of the 2nd Amendment had nothing to do with protection against criminals; they saw the right to bear arms as the only way for ordinary people to defend themselves against an oppressive government. … Whatever the merits — pro or con — of the Founding Fathers’ arguments about the right to bear arms being important to protect against tyrannical government, one thing is for sure: tyrannical government is as much a legitimate concern today as it was back then.” (10/08/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Guns-and-the-Working-Class-by-John-Spritzler-Class_Class-Action-Lawsuits_Class-Politics_Class-War-171008-789.html

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59) Neo-liberalism: From laissez-faire to the interventionist state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“One of the most accusatory and negative words currently in use in various politically ‘progressive’ circles is that of ‘Neo-Liberalism.’ To be called a ‘Neo-Liberal’ is to stand condemned of being against ‘the poor,’ an apologist for the ‘the rich’ and a proponent of economic policies leading to greater income inequality. The term is also used to condemn all those who consider the market economy to be the central institution of human society, at the expense of senses of ‘community’ and shared caring and concern beyond supply and demand. A Neo-Liberal is one who reduces everything to market-based dollars and sense, and disregards the ‘humane’ side of mankind, say the critics of Neo-Liberalism. … The historical fact is that these descriptions have little or nothing to do with the origin of Neo-Liberalism, or what it meant to those who formulated it and its policy agenda.” (10/09/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/neo-liberalism-laissez-faire-interventionist-state/

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60) The importance of showing up
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“In the wake of the horrendous massacre in Las Vegas, we have heard moving stories of heroism: a husband who was shot and killed while protecting his wife; a young woman whose vertebrae were broken helping others climb over a wall to safety; a young man stripping off his clothing to cover the faces of seven dead victims and helping a dozen others to safety; a stranger slinging a wounded woman over his shoulder as they ran for cover; a woman driving her pickup to the site in order to carry the wounded to hospitals; people lined up for five hours or more to give blood. As the wounded begin their long road to recovery, they too will exhibit heroic efforts to regain their lives. Las Vegas, Columbine, Boston, Iraq, Afghanistan — the list of massacre victims has become too long to quote. We listen misty-eyed to their stories and praise them for their courage. Coincidentally, two films opened this week with mass shootings as their theme.” (10/07/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1766

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

61) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/09/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Drawing a legal line around what might constitute ‘extremist’ speech for the purpose of regulation or prohibition is virtually impossible. The same goes for ‘fake news.’ Flemming Rose comments.” [various formats] (10/09/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/protecting-extremist-speech-regulating-fake-news

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62) Reason Podcast, 10/09/17
Source: Reason

“Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Andrew Heaton join [Nick Gillespie] in a conversation about gun-control proposals in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and whether Jeff Sessions'[s] new push for religious liberty really means that women will have to result to abstinence and the rhythm method for contraception. Also: Why the Republican Party is only principled about cutting government when it’s not in power, the prospects of World War III, and of course, whether you should be allowed to buy your very own personal tank.” [various formats] (10/09/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/09/nra-corker-birth-control-tank

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63) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 20
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“I knew going into this activism effort there would be surprises and even some setbacks. I didn’t expect this. On Oct. 2, I was sitting in my living room watching Netflix when I heard a knock on the door. When I answered, a Fayette County constable served me papers. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been sued! The city of Lexington really doesn’t want me to have information on the police department’s mobile surveillance cameras. When I won an open records appeal to the attorney general’s office, the city took it to the next level and sued me. As the saying goes, if you’re catching flak, you’re definitely over the target. In this installment of the Activism 101 podcast, I talk about my reaction to the lawsuit.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/09/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/10/activism-101-podcast-20-local-government-sues-me-to-keep-documents-secret/

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64) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/08/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“This Sunday, Anthony [L. Fisher] will take your calls on the disturbing glorification of violence by some intellectuals, and the watering down of terms like ‘fascist’ to include individuals who merely disagree with left-wing orthodoxy. When anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders is labelled a fascist, the result is a poisoned public discourse. Can we recover civil dialogue in the midst of such intellectual laziness? Bob and Anthony also break down the differences between alt-right, neoreactionary, and outright fascist/white supremacist groups.” (10/08/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/10/4/anthony-l-fisher-on-antifa-violence-neo-reaction

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65) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 316
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by the President of the Free State Project, Matt Philips! The Free State Project is a movement which is in the process of moving 20,000 people to the state of New Hampshire to better enact poltical change towards a more free society while building a upon a community of liberty activists.” [various formats] (10/09/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/09/live-free-new-hampshire-interview-matt-philips-president-free-state-project/

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66) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/09/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, Jeremy Heisenberg, and Michael W. Dean (1st hour) discuss wasting money on FaceBeast ads, walking away from echo chambers, impregnating Amish women for money, Roger Ver trying to start his own country, the continued attempts at secession in Catalonia, and the hedonistic Sex Island off the coast of Columbia.” [various formats] (10/09/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15118

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67) Free Talk Live, 10/08/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cameroon Independence Movement :: Mark, the Fear-Ridden Loyalist :: Corrupt Government Using Media :: Scott the Bigot on Vegas Shooting :: Ricky the Slaver :: Anti-Secession People Protesting in Catalonia :: Jonny Ray Game of the Moment – Stormbound :: Health Care :: Disability :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/08/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-08

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